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Rise In Property Value Affects Cobb Park Acquisition

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The Cobb County Board of Commissioners is running into trouble buying land to turn into public parks. 

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In 2009, Cobb voters approved a $40 million park bond, but the county didn't issue the bond because of the recession. Nine years later, it has access to only $27.4 million, a little more than half of the original value, because it waited to issue it. 

And Cobb constituents aren't too pleased with that. 

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President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, including a project in Savannah. Meanwhile other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress.

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More than half of food stamp recipients in 21 Georgia counties have been dropped from the program after the state instituted work requirements.


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State figures released this week revealed that 11,779 people considered able-bodied without children were required to find work by April 1 to continue receiving food stamps, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


Sixty-two percent were dropped after the deadline, whittling the number of recipients to 4,528.

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The number one filming location for box office hits wasn't California last year. According to a new study, it was Georgia.

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The study by FilmLA, the nonprofit film office for Los Angeles, looked at the top 100 grossing movies of 2016 and found that 17 were filmed in Georgia. By comparison, California had 12.

Kelly Gissendaner speaks at the 2011 graduation ceremony for the Theological Studies Program at Lee Arrendale State Prison, in Alto, GA. Gissendaner is scheduled for execution at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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Georgia inmate J.W. Ledford Jr. used his final moments to quote from the movie "Cool Hand Luke" and toss out an insult.


"What we have here is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So that's why we have here what we have here today. I am not the failure. You are the failure to communicate," Ledford said just after 1 a.m. on May 17, before a lethal dose of the barbiturate pentobarbital began to flow into his veins.


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DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann announced on Wednesday he will suspend himself for a week following his arrest earlier this month on public indecency charges.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress: "

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Georgia's university system says campuses won't provide gun storage facilities or signs when a new state law permitting concealed handguns takes effect this summer.

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The guidance released Wednesday also makes clear that people will be able to carry concealed weapons during tailgates.

The law takes effect July 1 and allows people with state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons onto public campuses. Georgia previously banned guns on campuses.

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Kids in low income neighborhoods tend to change schools more often than their peers. Studies show that can have a detrimental effect on their education.

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This past year in Atlanta, one public school tried to break that trend—by bringing in some lawyers.

At Thomasville Heights Elementary School in southeast Atlanta, Christal Reynolds and Ayanna Jones-Lightsy have just started their day.

Why Atlanta Ranks Only 50th In Public Parks Index

May 24, 2017
The lake in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia is a great place for a stroll on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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Atlanta has a lot of work to do to catch up with public parks in other major American cities. 

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Braves officials advised fans to buy their tickets and parking spots in advance, use its mobile apps to get to SunTrust Park and follow the signs when they arrive.
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An alarm and an emergency evacuation message on a sign board during the Atlanta Braves game at SunTrust Park turned out to be a false alarm.


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An equipment malfunction during an altercation at a ballpark restaurant was the source of confusion in the top of the third inning, the Braves said Tuesday night.


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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress:"

Metro Atlanta received about two inches of rain within the last week.
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The threat of flooding continues across several Southern states as heavy rain soaked the area and prompted new flood watches in the Carolinas while a massive storm system swept eastward.


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The National Weather Service said flash flood watches early Tuesday extended from southeast Louisiana across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and a sliver of southern Virginia.


In South Georgia, the weather service says there is a threat of tornadoes Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is seen in the morning in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.
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Georgia may feel the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overruling voting districts in North Carolina.

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State lawmakers there claimed they drew the districts for political advantage. But the high court decided they used race as a main factor, and that was unconstitutional.

Michael Kang, a law professor at Emory University, said the decision could have a big impact in Southern states, like Georgia, where party preference tends to fall along racial lines.

A TSA explosives detection dog sniffs passengers as they go through a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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The FBI will nearly double its staffing at Atlanta's airport and expand its office space.


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The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the Atlanta City Council has approved a plan for the federal agency to lease the additional space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.


FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett says the increase to about a dozen agents and task force officers means a significant increase in readiness at the world's busiest airport.


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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress:"

The Georgia Ports Authority said more than 3.4 million container units moved through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick in 2016.
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Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track to show record growth for the 2017 fiscal year that wraps up at the end of June, the chief executive of the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday.


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Total cargo moving through the two ports is expected to top the nearly 32 million tons (29 million metric tons) of imports and exports Georgia saw in fiscal 2015, the ports' busiest year ever, said Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director.

Student's Cannabis Oil Legal In Georgia; Schools Say Otherwise

May 22, 2017
State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, speaks before Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, rear, signs an executive order requiring state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill Friday, March 27, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Each day about lunchtime at Warner Robins High School, 17-year-old CJ Harris must leave campus to take his medicine.

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His dad, Curtis Harris, drives to school, gets CJ out of class, and the two ride around the block or sometimes head home. CJ draws some cannabis oil in a syringe, squirts it under his tongue and waits for it to dissolve.


He's been taking the medicine every six hours for the past four months for epilepsy.


MARTA Ridership Takes A Hit After I-85 Overpass Reopens

May 22, 2017
Alison Guillory / WABE

When the Interstate 85 overpass collapsed in late March, many metro-Atlanta commuters depended on MARTA to get to and from work. MARTA's daily usage numbers surged 11.5 to 12 percent. 

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But now that the overpass has re-opened, how many people are still using public transit? 

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A teen Instagram dancing sensation has gone from online to on-air after Katy Perry invited him to show off his moves during her "Saturday Night Live" performance this weekend.

Fifteen-year-old Russell Horning took the "SNL" stage during Perry's performance of her new single "Swish Swish." He wore his trademark backpack and did his signature move of quickly swaying his hands around his waist.

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Georgia schools are continuing efforts to win over picky eaters, using taste tests, chef visits and school gardens to encourage kids to pick up healthier items even as the state's former governor hit the pause button on some stricter nutrition standards for school meals as a top member of the Trump administration.


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Flash flood watches extended across a half-dozen states as torrential rains were expected in many areas of the South.


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The National Weather Service said flash flood watches Monday morning extended from the Texas Gulf coast through large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.


A small part of the Florida panhandle was also under a flash flood watch early Monday.


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For Atlanta Dream co-owner Mary Brock, there is practically a straight line between the basketball court and the board room, and she has data to back it up.

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“There have been so many studies and surveys done about successful women,” Brock said to In Conversation host Valerie Jackson. “If you look at women who are successful in business and you survey them and find out if they participated in sports at any time in their lives, over 80 percent participated in sports.”

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Georgia's public colleges and technical schools will soon have to let students with permits carry concealed guns some places on campus. The new law bans guns in certain areas, including spaces where high school students take classes. However, that part of the bill could cause confusion.  

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Since President Trump's inauguration, federal immigration officials have arrested nearly 2,000 more people in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina than they did during the same period last year.

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According to numbers released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officials arrested 4,246 people from Jan. 20 through April 29 this year. That's compared to to 2,429 arrests during the same time period in 2016 – a nearly 75 percent increase. 

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Atlanta broke ground Friday on a big new park, just west of downtown. Cook Park, in Vine City, will have statues honoring Civil Rights leaders. It’s also being built to alleviate flooding on the Westside.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the park will be a new Atlanta landmark.

Cumberland Island Development Plans Spark Controversy

May 19, 2017
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Cumberland Island on Georgia's coast is famous for its untouched, natural landscape. Tourists from around the United States and the world visit the island specifically for its wilderness.

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Most of Cumberland's 36,000 acres are protected by federal legislation that preserves the island in its "primitive" state. But some of the island is privately owned and several property owners are applying to Camden County authorities for rezoning to build houses. 

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Documents show that an Atlanta police officer who shot a tourist who was in town to attend a motocross event at the Georgia Dome has been fired.


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WSB-TV reports that it obtained documents that Sgt. Mathieu Cadeau was notified of the firing May 8.


Authorities said Cadeau was working an off-duty job directing traffic near the dome in February.


Georgia Gets Ready For Unpredictable Mosquito Season

May 18, 2017
2006 photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host.
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Fulton County has already started spraying for mosquitoes, but it can be hard to predict how bad the bugs will be.

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Fulton County started its mosquito control program in 2001, when Georgia saw its first case of West Nile virus. Kathleen Toomey, the county's health director, said Fulton has continued the program because of other mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao paid a visit to the newly rebuilt I-85 bridge Thursday.

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Chao joined Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials under the reconstructed interstate overpass in Atlanta for a rededication ceremony.

She praised the completed bridge as an example of local, state and federal agencies collaborating to get something done.